ILLINOIS (WCIA) — President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday he is considering commuting former Illinois’ governor Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence for federal corruption charges.
“I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly. He was given close to 18 years in prison,” Trump told a group of reporters on Air Force 1. “And a lot of people thought it was unfair, like a lot of other things, and it was the same gang, the Comey gang and all these sleaze bags that did it. And his name is Rod Blagojevich. And I’m thinking about commuting his sentence.”
Blagojevich was removed from office during his second term as governor. Trump mentioned commuting Blagojevich’s sentence in May 2018. Official paperwork was filed to begin the process, but this is the first time since then Trump said he is considering it.
Governor Pritzker addressed Trump’s comments Thursday.
“President Trump has some pretty important things that he ought to be dealing with, not the least of which s the mindless killings this past week, and gun safety,” Pritzker said. “I wish he would focus on that. Governor Blagojevich should remain in prison.”
Pritzker was not the only one to disagree with Trump’s statements. Former speechwriter for Illinois Governor Jim Thompson and longtime campaign reformist Jim Bray has been involved with Illinois politics for decades.
“I think that it is more of Donald Trump talking about something that he knows nothing about, And that he would like to think it is too long,” Bray said.
Update: President Trump tweeted Thursday night that the White House staff is still reviewing the matter.